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Co-Chair Turns Thumbs Down On Growing Michigan Together Council Report

Jan 17, 2024 | Children, Future, Growth | 0 comments

In my last post, I questioned whether the Growing Michigan Together Council plan could work. I thought it was unrealistic to think our state’s leaders could implement its 83 recommendations. I also questioned whether many of its recommendations would be effective in boosting Michigan’s population — even if they were well implemented.

Now, the co-chair of the Council, John Rakolta Jr. has dismissed the whole effort. According to a January 11th article in the Detroit News, Rakolta disavows any belief that the recommendations of the Council could boost Michigan’s population before 2050. He was one of just two co-chairs of the Council. You have to wonder why he didn’t do a better job steering their efforts!

I do see a path forward to boost Michigan’s population growth. Attracting and retaining families is the key. People who like children and want to have more of them provide exponential growth. If we want Michigan to grow, our state leaders should take pro-family ideas from all parts of the political spectrum and turn Michigan into the best family-friendly state in the country.

Many of the family-friendly measures I recommended in my last post can be implemented with little cost to taxpayers. If some of them require extra revenue…well, what is a better investment than supporting the health and well-being of our families and their children?

If we want Michigan to be an attractive and growing state in the 2030s and 2040s, I vote to keep families first in our thoughts.




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